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Will Belichick overtake Shula for most NFL coaching wins

07:18 28/10/2020
The use of the adjective winningest in sports dates at least to the 1930s Jarrett Stidham Jersey, when Don Shula was a toddler.The word came along at the right time as a superlative made for Shula, and described him in headlines after his death Monday at age 90.Among the Pro Football Hall of Fame coachmany achievements, his NFL record 347 victories with the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins stood out. The one thing, I think, is the number of wins over the years, said one of his Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Dan Marino. To coach for 33 years and do it at a high level like he did it you see coaches today and the way they are, theyre amazed by what coach Shula was able to do for so long.But the title of winningest coach is in jeopardy. Bill Belichick easily leads all active coaches with 304 victories in 25 seasons while still going strong with the New England Patriots. Belichick needs only 44 wins to break the career record, an alarming situation to many fans of the Dolphins and the widely beloved Shula James Harrison Jersey. For them, Belichick falls into the anybody-but-him category.Heconsidered villainous partly because of scandals that have tainted his tenure with the Patriots, and also because his team has dominated the Dolphins, the AFC East and the NFL for two decades.Shula held Belichick in contempt. In the aftermath of New Englands spying and deflated footballs scandals, Shula referred to Belichick as Belicheat, and spoke of the pride he felt regarding his own Dolphins legacy.It was always done with a lot of class, and a lot of dignity, Shula said in 2015. We didnt deflate any balls. They all had the right amount of air in them.Belichick wont say so, but unseating Shula might be a driving force that keeps him going at 68. He appreciates football history, and healso keen to show he doesnt need Tom Brady Rex Burkhead Jersey. But Bradydeparture to Tampa Bay likely hurts Belichickchances to surpass Shula. Belichick has a career record of 249-77 with Brady, and 55-62 without.Over the past six seasons, the Patriots have won 86 games, 14.3 per year. At that pace, Belichick would pull even with Shula in the 2022 postseason. But oddsmakers project the Brady-less Patriots will win only nine games in 2020. At that rate every season, Belichick wouldnt surpass Shula until late 2024, when he would be 72. A season curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic could also slow Belichickprogress.There are gauges of greatness other than games won. Patriots fans would point out that Belichick has six Super Bowl titles; Shula had two. Dolphins fans would note that Shula1972 team went 17-0, still the NFLonly perfect seasonThe Shula-Belichick relationship goes back decades. Their teams met twice in the early 1990s when Belichick was with the Cleveland Browns, and Shula won both games.The Dolphins coach also knew Belichicks father, Steve, a longtime assistant coach at Navy who played in college in Shulas native Ohio. Shula retired in January 1996, and Belichick was fired by the Browns a month later. Belichickcareer record at the time was 37-45, but has improved a tad since he became New Englandhead coach in 2000.Belichick is the closest thing to Shula that exists, even though they go back and forth a little bit, said Dick Anderson, a safety on Miamiperfect season team. Belichick is the closest thing to how Shula coached. His teams dont make mistakes, they dont have a lot of penalties and they play as a team.That sounds like the sort of tributes being showered upon Shula this week. One came from Belichick, who issued a statement praising Shula as an all-time great.I was fortunate to grow up in Maryland as a fan of the Baltimore Colts who, under coach Shula, were one of the outstanding teams of that era, Belichickstatement said. My first connection to coach Shula was through my father, whose friendship with coach Shula went back to their days in northeast Ohio. So therea connection, if not a bond. They werent close, but theyre getting close on the list of coaching victories. Only George Halas, with 324, stands between Shula and Belichick Kyle Dugger Jersey.Records are made to be broken, Anderson said Tuesday. Someday another team may go undefeated. I hope Im not living then.And if Belichick does claim the title of winningest coach, Shula wont be around to see it.___
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Will Belichick overtake Shula for most NFL coaching wins

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